Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Releases: Samson and Delilah and The Portuguese Nun

Just two reviews this week, Australian director Warwick Thornton's impressive debut feature Samson and Delilah (for the Voice) and Eugène Green's intriguing, but ultimately unsuccessful formalist redemption tale The Portuguese Nun (for Slant). Note that the last line of the Voice review refers specifically to Delilah's act of symbolically washing away Samson's psychic wounds (as she literally washes away his physical ones) and not to a generalized "spirituality" that runs throughout the film.

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